7 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Wife

Valuable Insights from a Woman Who Constantly Amazes Me

This past Tuesday our homeschooling group had our end of school year presentations. It was great seeing the kids display all they’ve learned this year, but at the same time it was bittersweet.

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This closing ceremony marked the end of my wife serving as the director of our homeschooling community. After much prayer and thinking, we decided it’s best for her to step down from this role and get more intentional with our kids’ homeschooling as well as help out with my platform, our web show, and speaking opportunities.

How to Bless Your Wife and Kids with This One Action

Can you eliminate this one unimportant distraction for one month?

I recently made the decision to turn off all the notifications on my cell phone. I just reached the point where I was overwhelmed. No matter what time of day, no matter what I was doing, and no matter where I was I just kept getting interrupted.

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Notifications distracted me from everything—from work, from my family, and even from myself. I learned that removing them is a great way to bless your wife and kids.

Money Saving and Making Tips for Your Family While on Vacation

Learn How to Rent Your Home While on Vacation

This is a guest post by Hank McKinsey. Hank is a fun-loving, home industry blogger. He writes about all things ‘home’. Check him out on his blog and Twitter and see what he is up to next! If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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We all have one way or another to make money. It is of the utmost importance that we grow our financial situation to keep up with our fast-moving lives. However, from time to time it is important to take a break from our fast-moving lives and go on holiday. What can we do to mitigate the cost of expensive holidays? My favorite tip (at least since buying a new rental property) is to rent out your home while you are on vacation.

The Key to Raising Kids with Faith

How do you instill faith in your kids in today's culture?

Last month my wife Stephana and I took a trip to Chicago for a conference we were invited to attend as part of the blogger and social media team. The conference was put on by one of our favorite organizations, Awana, which is a nonprofit ministry that serves kids all over the world.

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Our kids have been in the Awana Clubs for the past six years and my wife and I have been serving in their Awana Clubs for the past three years. We love it so much and it’s had such an impact on our kids and family that we’ve literally scheduled our calendars around our Wednesday night Awana Club meetings.

Do You Enjoy Spending Time With Your Family?

My insights from spending all day filming a TV commercial with my family

About a month ago we received a call from our daughter’s talent agency asking if our family would audition for a TV commercial. We were super excited and of course, we said yes! However, there were no guarantees we’d be selected.

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So, a few weeks later we were called back as finalists. And then we received the call we’d been waiting for. Our family was chosen to “star” in the Visit Indy commercial as part of Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration. The commercial began airing this week on major TV stations in Indiana.

It Still Takes a Village…That Village Just Looks Different Today

Who or what makes up your kids' village?

It’s finally spring weather here in Indiana! If you are familiar with the weather in the midwest, especially Indiana, you can understand my excitement. We are not too surprised when winter weather is the norm even after March 21st when it’s supposed to be spring. So, when we get several days of spring-like weather we are excited.

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For our family, it’s time to pull out the bikes and take some family bike rides. It’s our thing during the spring and summer. We ride around our neighborhood, pack up bikes and go to the park or even downtown Indy. I remember riding bikes during the spring and summer as kids, but it wasn’t the family bike ride like we do today. It was different then.

Getting Dirty with the Family

7 Benefits to Getting Kids in the Garden

This is a guest post from Pasquale R. Mingarelli. Pasquale spent 11 years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Cru) and currently works as a Christian speaker, adjunct college instructor, and nature photographer. He posts a photo and Bible verse each day on his blog site visualverse.thecreationspeaks.com, where he also writes about encountering God in the outdoors. You can connect with Pasquale on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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The other day I found myself down and back at it again—back down on the ground getting dirty digging in the soil. I couldn’t wait to get back in the garden with the coming of spring. My five-year-old son was right there with me shoveling to break up the soil. When it came time to put the lettuce and spinach seeds in the ground, my six-year-old daughter joined us.

How Far Will You Go to Put Your Family First?

3 Insights from Adam LaRoche's Decision to Choose Family over Pro Baseball

The past few days I’ve been following a sports story about a father and his son. If you’ve been too caught up in March Madness you may have missed it.

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Adam LaRoche is, or was, a player for the Chicago White Sox, until he abruptly retired with a $14 million contract due to him this baseball season. The reason he retired? A White Sox executive asked him to bring his 14-year-old son around the team less often.

3 Things to Guard Against When it Comes To Family Dinners

I'm Sharing My Insights From Our Family's Acting Debut

I’d say we are a family of introverts, but all things point to just the opposite of that. We share a lot of our family “business” online and other places, or maybe I should say I share a lot of our family business online and other places. Let’s just say we’re involved in a lot of things that don’t scream “introvert!”

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Well, yesterday we entered a new arena, and it’s one I’ve never desired nor thought I’d ever be involved in. Our family had our very first acting gig—yep, all five of us. While our daughter dreams of acting and has done this many times before, the rest of us hadn’t. Surprisingly, we were naturals.